The Foundations of Vacuum Coating Technology

The Foundations of Vacuum Coating Technology

2nd Edition - August 21, 2018

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  • Author: Donald M. Mattox
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130858
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130841

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The Foundations of Vacuum Coating Technology, Second Edition, is a revised and expanded version of the first edition, which was published in 2003. The book reviews the histories of the various vacuum coating technologies and expands on the history of the enabling technologies of vacuum technology, plasma technology, power supplies, and low-pressure plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition. The melding of these technologies has resulted in new processes and products that have greatly expanded the application of vacuum coatings for use in our everyday lives. The book is unique in that it makes extensive reference to the patent literature (mostly US) and how it relates to the history of vacuum coating. The book includes a Historical Timeline of Vacuum Coating Technology and a Historical Timeline of Vacuum/Plasma Technology, as well as a Glossary of Terms used in the vacuum coating and surface engineering industries.

Key Features

  • History and detailed descriptions of Vacuum Deposition Technologies
  • Review of Enabling Technologies and their importance to current applications
  • Extensively referenced text
  • Patents are referenced as part of the history
  • Historical Timelines for Vacuum Coating Technology and Vacuum/Plasma Technology
  • Glossary of Terms for vacuum coating


Scientists and engineers involved in research and development of applications, and scale-up to industrial production; Academics – engineering students, teachers, and others interested in the history-of-technology subjects; Industry – engineers, technicians, management, lawyers and others interested in protection of Intellectual Property (IP)

"Those that do not know the history of their field are doomed to repeated it’s mistakes or end up in patent litigation" (paraphrased from G. Santayana)

Table of Contents

  • 1. About This Book
    2. Vacuum Technology
    3. Plasmas and Plasma Enhanced CVD (PECVD)
    4. Physical Sputtering and Sputter Deposition
    5. Thermal Evaporation and Deposition in Vacuum
    6. Cathodic Arc Vaporization and Cathodic Arc Vapor Deposition
    7. Ion Plating
    8. Condensation, Nucleation, Interface Formation, and Film Growth

    1. Historical Timelines
    2. Glossary of Terms and acronyms

Product details

  • No. of pages: 378
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © William Andrew 2018
  • Published: August 21, 2018
  • Imprint: William Andrew
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128130858
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128130841

About the Author

Donald M. Mattox

Donald M. Mattox obtained his B.S degree in Physics from Eastern Kentucky State University. He served as a meteorologist and Air Weather Officer in the USAF during and after the Korean War. He then obtained a M.S. degree in Solid State Physics from the University of Kentucky in 1960. In 1961 he went to work at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL). Don was a manager and member of the Technical staff at SNL for 27 years and has been a consultant to the vacuum coating industry for over 28 years. In 1995 he was the recipient of the American Vacuum Society Albert Nerken Award "For his invention of the ion plating process and its continued development." In 2007 Don received the Society of Vacuum Coaters Nathaniel Sugerman Award “For his development of the ion plating process and long-term commitment to education in the vacuum coating community.” Don has published numerous papers and book chapters on the subject of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) processing and technology transfer from R&D to production. He is the author of Handbook of Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) Processing (1st edition 1998, 2nd edition 2010) published by Elsevier and Foundations of Vacuum Coating Technology, published by William Andrew/Elsevier (1st edition 2003).

Affiliations and Expertise

President, American Vacuum Society (AVS) 1985; Technical Director, Society of Vacuum Coaters (SVC) 1992-2007; SVC Technical Editor 1988–2016; Consultant, educator and co-owner of Management Plus, Inc. 1984 – present time.

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